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|Also Known As:||Richard Allen Boone||Died:||January 10, 1981|
|Born:||June 18, 1917||Cause of Death:||throat cancer|
|Birth Place:||Los Angeles, California, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor author prizefighter painter bartender oil fieldhand|
Intense, menacing character actor who began his career in the 1950s; popular on TV's "Have Gun Will Travel" (1957-63), as Paladin.
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Richard Allen Boone (June 18, 1917, Los Angeles, California – January 10, 1981) was an American actor who starred in over 50 films. Boone, a direct descendant of a brother of frontiersman Daniel Boone, was the middle child of a well-to-do corporate lawyer. He joined the Navy in 1941 and served as an aviation ordnance man and saw combat on three ships in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war he used the G.I. Bill to study acting with the Actor's Studio in New York. In 1950, Boone made his screen debut as a Marine in Halls of Montezuma. He starred in three movies with John Wayne: The Alamo as Sam Houston, Big Jake and The Shootist. From 1954 to 1956, Richard Boone stared in Medic, receiving an Emmy nomination for Best Actor Starring in a Regular Series in 1955. However, it was his second television show, "Have Gun - Will Travel," in which Boone became a national star with his role of Paladin. The show ran from 1957 to 1963 with Boone receiving two more Emmy nominations (1959, 1960). The six foot, two inch (1.88 m) Boone continued to star in many more movies, commonly as villains,in the films, The Raid, Man Without a Star, The Tall T, The Alamo, The War Lord, Hombre and The Shootist. In his final role, he played Commodore Matthew Perry in Bushido Blade. He died soon afterward of throat cancer in St. Augustine, Florida. His ashes were scattered in the ocean off Hawaii.
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